Italy’s Gianluca Mager set up a rematch from Umag against Daniel Altmaier in the quarterfinal of the 2021 Kitzbuhel Open on Thursday, July 29. Get the live streaming options of this Gianluca Mager v Daniel Altmaier match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Gianluca Mager v Daniel Altmaier Head to Head
Mager and Altmaier have played three times before this. Two of those meetings came in 2016 at Futures level where the Italian won each of those matches in three sets. Most recently, they played their first match at tour-level in Umag just a week ago. Altmaier was victorious, also in three sets.
Mager Records Upset Win Over Ramos Vinolas
When we talk of Gianluca Mager, it is hard to deflect from his mammoth straight-sets win over Dominic Thiem at the Rio Open in 2020. It defies belief, that victory is now over a year old, but it was a gamechanger as far as Mager’s career trajectory went.
From an afterthought to now an established top 100 player, Mager is becoming accustomed to playing top tier tennis at the business end of tournaments.
On Wednesday, he earned his spot in the last eight of Kitzbuhel with a three-set win over Albert Ramos Vinolas – one of the tour’s most in-form players on the red dirt.
Mager had dropped just four games prior to this round against the Austrian wild card Denis Novak. But he entered the contest as a huge underdog to upset the Spanish lefty. And after the Italian took the first set in a tiebreak, against the run of play, his level dropped considerably in the second set to lose 6-1.
Despite trailing by a break in the third set, Mager did not lose his gumption. Ramos Vinolas, just like in the opening stanza, was broken while serving for the match at 5-4. That allowed Mager to put pressure on the Spaniard on his next service game. After three deuces, the Italian World No. 74 converted his second match point.
Altmaier Prevents An All-Italian Collision
Daniel Altmaier made sure it would not be an all-Italian quarterfinal collision, but instead, a rematch from last week’s Round of 16 encounter in Umag.
Altmaier followed up his brilliant first-round victory over Cagliari finalist Laslo Djere by beating Marco Cecchinato in two identical sets – 6-4 6-4 – in 97 minutes.
The German who famously reached the fourth round of the French Open as a qualifier last season, recovered from a slow start to put his nose in front in the first set. He broke straight back after dropping his serve in the second game and secured a foothold in the set as Cecchinato faltered on his serve in the seventh game.
In the second set, Altmaier saved five of six breakpoints, which gave him room to make one last dash on Cecchinato. He was successful in breaking the Italian for the fourth time and secured his passage in the last eight.
Mager v Altmaier Prediction and Tip
The momentum is certainly with Altmaier who has enjoyed a stellar run at three tournaments this month. While that should put him in good stead, we are backing this match to go the distance.